Leonard Engineering

Lincoln Grant Scholar House

This historic preservation project included the renovation of the existing Lincoln Grant School building and the construction of a new 3-story apartment building. The two combined form the Lincoln Grant Scholar House which now serves as a home for single-parent families who wish to continue their education. Built in the early 1930’s, the existing school building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has also been designated as an African American Heritage Site by the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission. Lincoln Grant originally served as Covington’s public school for African American students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Due to desegregation, the public school closed in 1965. Since then, the building has served as an elementary school and, most recently, a community center. Structurally, the school building stands over 3-stories tall and is primarily constructed of multi-wythe brick walls with reinforced concrete pan joist construction for the floors and roof.

Leonard Engineering was privileged with providing structural engineering services for both the building renovation as well as the new apartment building. The new 3-story, 38,000 square-foot apartment building is primarily wood framed with pre-engineered wood trusses for the floors and roof. Foundations for the building primarily consist of concrete spread footings with a 5 foot tall retaining wall along the east side. Other features include a long exterior balcony at each floor level with two exterior stair cases for access. The balconies and stairs are framed of pressure-treated lumber and galvanized steel for optimum resistance against deterioration due to weather exposure. Furthermore, Leonard Engineering’s scope of work for the building renovation primarily included the design and detailing of the second level floor framing installed within the existing gymnasium. Other scope items included pit and hoistway designs for the new elevator as well as miscellaneous support framing designs for locations where portions of existing brick wall was removed. All together, the completed Lincoln Grant Scholar House includes a grand total of 45 dwelling units with a gross square footage of about 88,000 square-feet.

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Award for Preservation Excellence from Cincinnati Preservation

2017 Innovation Nonprofit Award from The Kentucky Nonprofit Network

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